Sleep Disorders Centers
St. Mary’s Sleep Center in Athens is located off Ga. Highway 316 in St. Mary’s Outpatient Diagnostic, Rehab and Wellness Center at The Exchange, 2470 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, just off Ga. 316 near the Athens Perimeter. See directions here.
St. Mary’s Sleep Center schedules night, day and weekend hours to meet your individual needs. Physician referral is required.
For more information on our centers in Athens, please call 706.389.3200.
Why Choose St. Mary’s Sleep Center?
If you are having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or remaining awake, the St. Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center provides state-of-the-art digital testing to help identify and treat your issues.
- PRIVATE individual suites with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in each
- Queens size beds with private bathroom in each room
- Able to test patients 13 years of age and up
- Our caring staff are Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
- Convenient location with free parking
If you think you might have a sleep disorder because you snore or have difficulty falling asleep, remaining asleep, or staying awake when you should be alert, please complete this Sleepiness Survey. If you score higher than 10, you may need to speak with your physician about participating in a sleep study. You can locate a physician using our find-a-doc feature here.
If you have questions about the survey or your score, you may contact the St. Mary’s Sleep Disorder Center at 706.389.3200
Instructions for Sleep Studies
- Please notify the Sleep Center if you have special needs and will require a room for a caregiver.
- Parents or guardians are required to stay overnight for patients under the age of 18
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine (including cigarettes) and alcohol after 12 noon on the day of your test
- Avoid napping on the day of your test
- Take a bath or shower and wash your hair before arriving
- Do not wear makeup, skin lotion, fingernail polish or hair products in your hair (including hairspray, hair oils, gels or mousse). You may wear deodorant
- Please remove all braids and hairpieces before arriving
- Bring a list of medications with you
- If possible, please print, fill out and bring the following three forms with you to expedite your check-in process
- Feel free to bring any items to make your stay more comfortable (such as a pillow and change of clothes). Your private room includes a queen bed, television and private bathroom with shower
- Please bring loose comfortable sleepwear, but no silk or satin
- Be aware that wake up time is 5:30am and discharge is 6:00am. (Technicians may not stay past 6:30am)
Results of Your Sleep Study
Your sleep study will be interpreted by a board certified sleep physician associated with St. Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center. A final report with recommendations will be sent to your referring physician.
- National Sleep Foundation
- The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- When Your Partner Has a Sleep Disorder (by WebMD)
- Narcolepsy Network
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- American Sleep Apnea Association
- Sleep for Kids
Please feel free to call the St. Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center at 706.389.3200 if you have additional questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Physician Referral and Insurance Coverage:
Physician referral is required either by phone or written order before evaluation at St. Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center. For most patients, sleep studies are covered under major medical insurance plans. The percentage of coverage varies depending on your specific plan. Call your insurance company if you have questions pertaining to your coverage. We will be glad to provide you with diagnostic and procedure codes upon your request.
How can I sleep with all the test equipment on me?:
This is a common concern; surprisingly, most people will sleep the way they always have. We are looking to obtain a sample of your sleep. The body sensors are applied so that you may turn and move in your sleep as you normally would. This is a non- invasive procedure meaning that no needles will be involved. Our professional staff will try to make your sleep environment as comfortable as possible.
Will I be given a drug to help me sleep?:
No, St. Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center does not administer any type of medication. If you typically take sleep medication to help you sleep, you may bring it with you and use it the night of your study if you have trouble falling asleep. Also, please avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol after 12 noon on the day of your test.
*IMPORTANT! Do not stop any of your medications without first consulting your physician. The Sleep Disorders Center personnel cannot give any medications.
What is a polysomnogram?:
A polysomnogram uses electrodes to measure various body changes during sleep. You will sleep overnight in the St. Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center approximately 6-7 hours and will be discharged between 5:30am and 6:00am.
- Polysomnogram (PSG):
A technologist will apply electrodes to your scalp, face, chest, abdomen and legs. A probe painlessly attached to your finger monitors oxygen levels and a small wire attached to your upper lip monitors airflow from your nose and mouth. All the electrodes plug into a small junction box, which you will wear around your neck to allow you additional mobility. A cable attaches to the bottom of the junction box and connects to the sleep system computer. The technologist will monitor you throughout your study from another room and will be able to communicate with you. Once awakened, the technologist will easily disconnect you from the equipment.
- Polysomnogram with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure):
This is the same procedure and hook-up as a polysomnogram except you will also be wearing a CPAP mask. The mask fits over your nose and/or mouth and blows a small stream of pressurized air, which will keep your airway open while you sleep. The technologist will monitor you and adjust the pressure until the optimal pressure is obtained. If you are suffering from a cold or allergies, please call the St. Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center at 706.389.3200 to see if you need to reschedule your test.